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South Beach Wine And Food Festival 2013's VIP Chef Party At The James Royal Palm (PHOTOS)

And so it begins! South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2013 kicked off Thursday with a handful of great events and the ever-estimable "The Q" party hosted by Paula Deen.

But this is Miami Beach, and that means one thing: there's also an afterparty. Festival founder Lee Schrager hosted the first night's late-night VIP bash with a backyard barbeque-themed tribute to all of Miami’s local culinary talent at the James Royal Palm Hotel. The invite-only soiree was punctuated by Latin pop-band Locos por Juanes and a special menu from Chef Kris Wessel of Florida Cookery. ("Do you like my goat!?," he asked Zagat.)

Spotted: Emeril Lagasse, Geoffrey Zakarian, Lorena Garcia, Rocco DiSpirito, and some of your favorite Miami scenesters. Take a bite, with photos from Marisa Matluck:

Rocco DiSpirito

SOBEWFF's VIP Chefs! After Party At The James Royal Palm Hotel

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